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BOC Aviation places three A350s with Qatar Airways

BOC Aviation has inked a purchase-and-leaseback deal with Qatar Airways, for three Airbus A350s that are expected to be delivered this quarter.

These are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

“Our relationship with Qatar Airways dates back 20 years to 1999, and we are very pleased to partner with our largest customer once again to support their fleet and network expansion plans,” says Robert Martin, BOC Aviation managing director and chief executive.

“This addition to our portfolio of popular, in-demand aircraft on long-term leases to strong airline customers is in line with our strategy of growing our fleet through disciplined investment. We look forward to building on our long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways.”

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows the carrier operates 36 A350-900s and nine A350-1000s, with one and 33 aircraft on order, respectively.

One A350-900 (MSN 249) and one A350-1000 (MSN 241) were delivered in June. Another pair of A350s, an -900 (MSN 257) and a -1000 (MSN 266) are expected to be delivered in August.

Among the 118 Airbus and 105 Boeing aircraft in Qatar’s operated fleet, BOC Aviation owns and manages six A350s and three 777s.

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